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History of Imperial America


Emperor Norton I


1819- 1880

In 1859 Joshua A. Norton declared himself Emperor of the United States of America, thus initiating a new era of American history.  During his reign he did what he could to improve his beloved country, issuing decrees such as the one that dissolved the Democratic and Republican Parties.  But, he loved the world as well.  The best evidence is his idea for a League of Nations, which would have helped bring peace to the 19th century world.  Unfortunately his brilliance was, and still is, unrecognized.
The Vacant Throne
1880 - 2007
Upon the death of His Majesty Emperor Norton I the throne remained vacant and the United States waited for someone who could fill the hole left in the hearts of the American People.  During this time the American People have looked to their Government to maintain the principles of truth and democracy, sometimes it has succeeded and sometimes is has failed.
Emperor Norton II
2007 -
In August of 2007 Shawn Bale declared himself Emperor Norton II, thereby ending the United States Governments caretaker role.  However, his claim to the throne is currently unrecognized and the Imperial Government remains in exile.